Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chickens And Pigeons

My little Barred Rock bantams have been getting outdoors every day for many weeks now, come sun, rain, wind or snow. They are hardy birds and enjoy finding their own food, at least as long as I have a big feeder full of layer pellets always waiting for them inside the barn:

Seamus has shown an unhealthy interest in the chickens but all is peaceful as long as dogs and hens remain on separate sides of the fence:

I can't imagine what they were finding on the gravel driveway - unless they were just looking for grit:

And they dearly love to go inside the barn. I used to try to keep them out but now leave the south door open for the little horses:

But I've come to appreciate the hens getting into the barn because they make a nest in the bedding hay and I know where to find the eggs, which are always clean. Will they continue to lay eggs here after all the greenery is growing? I sure hope so:

The chickens are released early each morning and clearly are happy to be let out. I herd them back indoors each evening about 5:00, using a leaf rake. Left to their own devices, they'd stay out until it was nearly dark:

The pigeons too are allowed outdoors rather early each morning. Sometimes they are anxious to get out as they were this day, though usually not:

The pigeons have a roost just outside their open window. As fantails, they are not built for skillful flying and I try to make things as easy as possible for them:

They've been laying eggs for several months now but they all freeze during our cold nights. But we'll warm up soon (I hope):

Sometimes the fantails land on the gravel road beside the barn. Of course I worry about them with traffic, but there isn't much of that and nobody drives too fast:

They are utilizing some of the shelves I provided for them but are still ignoring many others:

I have some pairs nesting on the ground. That's not a good idea, but how does one explain that to pigeons?:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Limekiln Road, In The Town Of Malone, New York - Part 2

I continued on my driving tour of Limekiln Road in the town of Malone. It was a long, rural road and I was by now a number of miles from the highway. I figured that folks who lived out here truly loved rural life, but then I suppose one could say the same about my house:

This old barn seemed to still be in active use:

This small home, however, was not. It was abandoned:

There were quite a few modern homes, some of considerable size, probably built by people who worked in Malone but loved the country lifestyle:

This new home was even larger, and they were building a new barn or possibly a sugar house nearby:

I passed forests, fields and wetlands:

And lovely old farm houses with extensive front porches:

A barn which seemed to be no longer in use:

And a beaver marsh which appeared to have spread across an entire valley:

A woodsy style home:

And a spiffy barn behind a row of Cedar trees:

I reached the end of Limekiln Road and turned back the way I'd come, stopping one last time to photograph the first farm I'd come to when I began this driving tour. This time, however, I was able to capture the whole farm in one photo:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Limekiln Road, In The Town Of Malone, New York - Part 1

I've taken driving tours of so many local, rural roads that I now sometimes use Google Maps to locate new ones. That's how I came across Limekiln Road in Malone. It was over twenty miles from home, but it looked promising. The first farm house I came to was a country classic:

The barn and silo which went with the above farm house were also beauties, and it was such a lovely day that I figured I'd found a perfect road for a driving tour:

The above farm had this new steel building as well:

The houses on Limekiln Road were rather far apart, as would be expected, but interesting:

There were big farms, small farms and suburban style homes. I think I'd classify this one as a small farm house:

And some homes, such as the left side of this one, looked historic:

This farm house also looked historic:

And the barn and silo which went with it were also scenic:

There were farm fields, bordered by forest, with farm equipment parked on them for the winter:

And every home I came to was interesting:

This old farm house looked somewhat forlorn and the I noticed the sign which said it was soon to be auctioned:

Someone's tiny home once upon a time, now just an abandoned shell. But there was more to see on Limekiln Road and I'll post Part 2 tomorrow: